Men’s Club Extends an Important Lifeline

Men’s Club Extends an Important Lifeline

Men’s Club Extends an Important Lifeline

By Bob Sanchez

When Joan Gross crashed her golf cart into trash barrels at 10 p.m., that was the last straw for her daughter Ellen, who moved in with her mom, who is 86 now and has dementia, heart disease, and diabetes. They subscribed to Lifeline for $25 per month, and that has saved Mom’s life “more times than I can count,” Ellen says. “It’s a godsend.” She gave permission to use their names.

Joan Gross could be any of us. As we age, we become increasingly aware of the dangers of falling, whether we are home or out and about. So it’s important to know about Lifeline, a critical community resource made possible thanks to the Men’s Club of Sun City Center.

Put simply, if you’ve fallen and can’t get up, just press a button to reach the Lifeline response center immediately. They in turn contact the local emergency squad, the Hillsborough County fire department or the Sheriff’s office, depending on the situation.

For two decades, the Men’s Club has helped make the Lifeline system available to residents of Sun City Center, including Kings Point, Freedom Plaza, Aston Gardens, Sun Towers, The Courtyards, Pacifica, and Cypress Creek Assisted Living.

Lifeline Administrator Nellie Brock says that in recent years “there have been an average of 600 plus incidents when our subscribers have pushed the button for assistance, or the fall detection feature has been activated.”

An advantage that Lifeline offers and many subscribers appreciate, she says, “is the fact that we bring the equipment to them at their home, show them how it works and answer any questions they may have.  Also, if service is needed, we respond quickly.  No need to package the equipment up and ship it back to the factory for repair or replacement.  If a button or battery needs to be replaced, the Men’s Club does that at no charge to the subscriber.”

“Folks must be pleased with the program based on the number of referrals we get” from friends and neighbors,” she adds.

That may be an understatement. “It’s an amazing service just to be able to press a button,” Ellen says. She pointedly credits the Men’s Club’s volunteers for their selfless service.

The cost to subscribers ranges from $25-$40 per month, depending on the system.

Harvey Berman, the Men’s Club Lifeline VP, says “we are always looking for volunteers” to help out only one day a month. The Men’s Club provides all necessary training on all equipment. 

For more information, visit the Men’s Club website, sccmensclub.com and click on the Lifeline link. Nellie Brock and Julie Wickersham staff the Lifeline office at 1002 Cherry Hills Blvd.

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By Kai Rambow

The tiny fawn vacuumed its bottle in three gulps. It was very hungry and had only been rescued a few hours earlier.  Fortunately, it was now at Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife. Owl’s Nest is the largest rehabilitation facility in Central Florida covering east to Orlando, south to Bradenton and north to Gainesville. During the summer months they are at capacity. The goal is to help wildlife recover and be returned to the wild. They have an 80 percent success rate. Anything above 50 is considered to be good.

With ease Kris Porter, the director, seamlessly transitioned from one bird/animal to the next one.  Porter is an expert, a retired zoologist with Busch Gardens. Zoologists have studied the behavior and physiology of animals. If Porter knows the species, they’ll take it. Porter says, “rehabilitation is my retirement,” but to see her in action is to see boundless love for animals.  It is also probably what inspires over 325 volunteers to be a part of the mission.

This fawn, only arrived the morning I visited, hungrily inhaled her bottle.  Several fawns are successfully rescued and returned to the wild every year.

To be a rehabilitation facility, licenses are required. Even veterinarians are not allowed to do rehabilitation, unless licensed. A state license covers mammals and reptiles. To look after feathered friends requires a federal license.

That does not cover everything though. For example, there are many calls in a year about raccoons. To work with raccoons safely requires vaccines because of distemper and rabies. The shots cost $700 and the state won’t cover those. One of the volunteers, Julia, has helped raccoons recover because she is becoming a veterinarian, and so got vaccinated.

Nitro, a silver fox, was abandoned by someone and found emaciated at a month old. The species is not native to Florida, and so could not be returned to the wild. He is shown to school children, so they can learn more about animals.

Sometimes people who contact the organization are frustrated. One, because they sometimes don’t understand what is involved. Two, because they sometimes have unrealistic expectations. While I was there a call came in to rescue a turkey stranded in the middle of the road in a heavy rainstorm.  A rescue attempt under those conditions would endanger a volunteer’s safety. And even though Owl’s Nest works with a wide variety of species, the facility does not rehabilitate turkeys.

Porter has great organization skills. Charts keep track of animals’ progress in recovery. A huge binder, set on a stand for easy access, has detailed information on diets for various animals. Experienced volunteers help new volunteers transition to being good animal care givers.

If you would like to learn more or become a volunteer, you can visit their website: “owlsnestsanctuaryforwildlife.com”. Should you encounter an injured or abandoned bird/animal call the Florida emergency number at 888.404.3922.  They will know where an animal should go.  While Owl’s Nest covers a wide variety of animals, there are specialists such as raptor and sea life centers.

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First Time Entrant Wins Best of Show

First Time Entrant Wins Best of Show

By Kai Rambow

“I hadn’t expected to do well,” shared Bradd Robinson. Robinson joined the Stained Glass club only two years ago, and this was his first competition. Robinson walked away with three ribbons including first place and best in show.

Robinson had zero desire to do stained glass. A friend persuaded him to become involved in a project and Robinson became hooked. He credits the mentoring and friendships in the club for his success. “Having an amazing mentor is very important,” he noted.

While most contestants entered stain glass panels, Robinson entered a trio of vases. These are very challenging because the measurements have to be exact.  At the Florida State Fair, the judges have the ability to leave comments.  More than one judge commented on the near perfect technical aspects of Robinson’s work.

Congratulations to Robinson and the Stained Glass club. Over the years it has always been a pleasure to meet newcomers to a club who’ve never participated in a sport or activity before, and then go on to win major recognition. What have you always wanted to try? It’s almost never too late to start something new.

IN THE PHOTO: Bradd Robinson with his winning artwork. The three tallest vases were entered as a trio and won first place, and then best of show. The smaller vase in the center won third place.

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From Hobby to Museum Quality

From Hobby to Museum Quality

From Hobby to Museum Quality

By Kai Rambow

“It’s museum quality,” commented the gallery owner. High praise from an appraiser on the Antiques RoadShow. This was one of several highlights from a recent presentation by Diana Young of the China Painters club.

Young recently entered seven pieces at the Florida State Fair. Three won first place, another three won second place, and one of the first place winners captured best in show as well.  Young’s work is currently displayed at the new De Stijl Art Gallery in Ruskin.

Young was presenting to a women’s group and delighted them with highlights from her development as an artist, and enthralled them by showing her actual work. There’s a lot more to China painting than meets the eye.

Young has been an enthusiastic porcelain painter for 20 years. She likes to experiment, learn new techniques and teach others about her discoveries.  The result is some stunning work.  Even though Young won big at the State Fair, she shared, “I’m all excited about my next piece.”

The De Stijl Art Gallery is showing and selling local artists’ works, many from our community.  They will be switching artists and displays every two to three months.  This rewarding experience is just a short drive away in Ruskin.  Note: Gallery is open only a few hours on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

 

De Stijl Art Gallery

100 E Shell Point Rd. (near post office)

Ruskin, FL  33570

(813) 773-7771

www.destijlartgallery.com/

IN THE PHOTO:  Diana Young delivering a well-received talk at the De Stijl Gallery in Ruskin. She is holding her first place and best in show vase.

SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Tour Ybor City’s last cigar factory, sing with the bluebirds of happiness, save the date for FallFest, commemorate 60 years of SCC with the History Society, tip a glass at Alafia Brewing Company, hit the beach with some rescued...

Men’s Club Extends an Important Lifeline

Men’s Club Extends an Important Lifeline

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Nan Ryan Showcases Her Quilting Talent

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Love Photography? Join the Club!

Love Photography? Join the Club!

Love Photography? Join the Club!

By Bob Sanchez

Photo enthusiasts from beginners to experts have a home in the Photo Club of SCC. The Club held its June meeting in the Caper Room with nearly two dozen members attending. Members briefly introduced themselves, showing a wide range of experience in photography from decades as a pro to “I started because my wife told me to get a hobby.” Then they saw photos from the monthly challenge, a long tradition where they are invited to submit photos on a particular topic. Participation is entirely voluntary.

Blushing Thistle by Ann Jacques

For the main part of the program, Jack Migliore introduced Ken Rubin to judge the club’s quarterly competition. Rubin examined over 50 entries on an overhead display, made constructive comments for the audience’s benefit, and gave each a final score. Christina Brittain, Anne Jacques, and Barbara Klimczak each received a perfect score.

Perfect Form by Christina Brittain

Any SCCCA resident with an interest in photography is welcome to join, no matter the skill level. Your camera of choice may be something fancy, or it may be your smartphone. Either way you’ll find people willing to help you improve your photos if you wish, or simply find friends who share a common interest. There’s a lab with computers and photo-editing software, as well as classes and monthly field trips.

Mystic Mask by Pat Jones

Lab classes can cover a wide range of topics such as lighting and composition, Photoshop, iPhones, portraits, landscapes, and much more. Members can even get free one-on-one help from an expert on Wednesday mornings. The field trips are a great way to make friends with fellow members, take plenty of photos, and share favorites at the next monthly meeting.

Meetings are held in the Caper Room every second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., and dues are $20 per person per year. To join, visit the website at http://photoclubscc.com and click “Join the club.” Do it. It’s a friendly, supportive club.

SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Tour Ybor City’s last cigar factory, sing with the bluebirds of happiness, save the date for FallFest, commemorate 60 years of SCC with the History Society, tip a glass at Alafia Brewing Company, hit the beach with some rescued...

Men’s Club Extends an Important Lifeline

Men’s Club Extends an Important Lifeline

Men’s Club Extends an Important LifelineBy Bob Sanchez When Joan Gross crashed her golf cart into trash barrels at 10 p.m., that was the last straw for her daughter Ellen, who moved in with her mom, who is 86 now and has dementia, heart...

Jan Ring Quilter Extraordinaire

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A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

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Nan Ryan Showcases Her Quilting Talent

Nan Ryan Showcases Her Quilting Talent

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First Time Entrant Wins Best of Show

First Time Entrant Wins Best of Show

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